The telecommunications industry has proactively responded to major shifts in construction practices with the introduction of ANSI/TIA-322 ‘Loading, Analysis, and Design Criteria related to Installation, Alteration and Maintenance of Communication Structures’ and ANSI/ASSE A10.48 ‘Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communication Structures’.
Together, ANSI/TIA-322 and ANSI/ASE A10.48 succeeded and replaced the ANSI/TIA 1019-A Standard as of January 1, 2017.
Contractors performing construction services on telecommunications sites are required to determine the applicable Construction Class in accordance with the ANSI/ASSE A10.48 based upon the following three considerations:
- Scope of work (SOW)
- Maximum gross load being hoisted when implementing lift systems which are directly attached to the antenna supporting structure
- Means and methods (including construction sequencing and duration)
- Construction Class Table with guidelines